559 Tasting Notes
This is actually surprisingly good. Usually I’m a devotee of traditional black earl greys, but this one has the same bergamot flavor I love with a much lighter base. The green tea isn’t overly flavorful, but it’s also very hard to burn. I know I mention this in a lot my reviews, but resilient teas always get extra points from me. Do I have an automatic tea maker to baby my teas with? Yes. Am I frequently forgetful and clumsy when I make tea on my own? Also yes. I’m also generally not a fan of teas with orange peel (they always taste bitter to me), but this one is not overwhelming. The tea is not overly acidic, either. This is definitely not the best flavored green I’ve had, but it’s a great way to try out an EG with a different base.
Accidental discovery of the night: this tastes great cold. I made a cup of this and then got distracted by calculus homework, returning to it about an hour and a half later to find it cold. And delicious. The marshmallow flavor really comes to the forefront this way, and there is just a hint of caramel to it. The Della Terra base, which I find overwhelming in many of their black blends, is much more subtle this way, and the tea is much creamier in general. I may make the rest of this up iced! I’m upping the rating from 65 to 74.
Sipdown. I’ve reduced my rating of this a bit because I really don’t like tart tea anymore. I blame all those zingers and rosehips when I was a kid! Aside from the cranberry flavor, which I’m not too fond of in this, the creamy flavor is lovely and tastes like a true meringue. Weirdly I don’t find this to be all that lemony, at least until it cools down. Then it’s a slightly watery lemon juice flavor mixed with the meringue, but luckily the creamy flavor is what lingers as an aftertaste. I don’t know that I would repurchase it, but this is a lovely creamy tea and a solid herbal option.
Another sipdown! This is one I have been consistently reaching for over the last year or so whenever I’ve been sick. It’s herbal, not too acidic, and tastes good even with a stuffy nose. It’s also kind of amazing with honey added. This last week I’ve had a raging sinus infection, and I’m surprised to be finishing the tin off today. It was huge and I thought it would never end! I love the mango/papaya/chamomile mixture and would buy this again—I have served this to guests before and have gotten great reviews all around. This is definitely a crowd-pleaser.
Sipdown, although again this was never in my virtual cabinet. This is a very good earl grey, and reliable for everyday drinking. If you’ve been following me for any amount of time at all you probably know that I drink earl grey almost every day. This is one of my favorites, because it’s mild and easy to brew. It is literally impossible to brew this wrong; I have tried, and it has never, ever burned or gotten bitter. One bag will easily make two or three cups of tea, which is also impressive. I would definitely get this one again; Harney’s make some of my favorite black blends and this is one of their better offerings.
Sipdown, although apparently I never put this into my cabinet to begin with! This remains one of my favorite teas, especially for first thing in the morning. It’s jammy and smooth and not tart at all, which I personally dislike in most berry teas. It reminds me a little of Harney’s Paris but with less vanilla and somehow even more addictive. I will be buying this one in bulk as soon as my cabinet is in better order!
Sipdown. This is a good, reliable oolong that I wasn’t expecting to like nearly as much as I do. It’s more earthy and chocolatey than I normally look for in an oolong (or any tea, actually!) but as with my favorite greens it goes with almost any food and has a complex flavor that’s always interesting. It reminds me of a mixture of Yunnan and Da Hong Pao. Mom loves this one too and I would gladly get it again.
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Floral, Honeysuckle, Roasted nuts, Wood
Surprise sipdown! I wasn’t expecting to be finished with this one so quickly, but that’s what happens when you keep making huge pots of tea. Obviously I like this one. It’s surprisingly light and mild for a roasted tea and has a complex flavor—at times it almost verges on salty/savory, like roasted seaweed chips. It goes with almost any meal and is the kind of workhorse tea I can always grab when I don’t know what I want. Mom loves this one too and I’ll probably be rebuying it before too long.
Flavors: Green, Hay, Roasted, Salty, Seaweed
Another sipdown. This is nice but not quite a favorite for me. As with last night’s Butiki tea, I find myself wanting a little more something. The sip starts with an almost coffee-like chocolate, which is so dark it verges on bitter. While it’s not as bad as in some teas, bitter is just not my thing. I do like the aftertaste, which is almost like a medium-bodied oolong—there’s some caramel and burnt sugar taste to it, as well as something like stone fruit. I wish those notes were just a bit stronger.